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  • an elegantly insouciant manner
  • an utterly insouciant financial policy
  • Ruth knows that I am lying, but she pretends to believe me, chattering on with a forced insouciance.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • He stretched, yawned hugely, and with an appearance of idle insouciance began to amble nff toward the spot where Albert lay.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • He tossed his noble head with arrogant, insouciant pleasure, as if totally possessed by the fluid grace which sculpted and gave motion to his galloping forelegs and hindquarters and by the furiously healthy power energizing his being.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • These calls are familiar to Pari, but repetition has not led to insouciance on her part.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • There was a word for him that her mother would have used—insouciant.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • He smiled at Jurgis confidingly, and then started talking again, with his blissful insouciance.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • But in the final set, when the challenger has nothing left to lose, he becomes relaxed again, insouciant, daring.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • ’And just in time, too,’ announced the doctor with whom Yossarian next found himself alone, a tall, torpedo-shaped congenial man with an unshaven growth of brown beard and a pack of cigarettes in his shirt pocket that he chain-smoked insouciantly as he leaned against the wall.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • But for all their apparent insouciance in the face of falling shells and shorter rations, for all their ignoring the Yankees, barely half a mile away, and for all their boundless confidence in the ragged line of gray men in the rifle pits, there pulsed, just below the skin of Atlanta, a wild uncertainty over what the next day would bring.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • In this setting, another, more insouciant company had hunkered down.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Where other elite athletes betray their doubts about their capacities with displays of touchy egotism, Woolf was utterly insouciant.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Too insouciant, in reaction from the late disturbance, she had assumed the privileges of a child—the result being to remind the Divers of their exclusive love for their own children; Rosemary was sharply rebuked in a short passage between the women: "You’d better leave the message with a waiter," Nicole’s voice was stern and unmodulated, "we’re leaving immediately."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I had neversmoked a cigarette, and I tried to imitate Mark’s brooding, sorrowful insouciance as he blew symmetrical plumes of smoke toward the ceiling.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • When she scratched the screen door, as in the old days, and stepped inside, the dishes piled in the sink looked as though they belonged there; the dust on the lamps sparkled; the hair brush lying on the "good" sofa in the living room did not have to be apologetically retrieved, and Nel’s grimy intractable children looked like three wild things happily insouciant in the May shine.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • Powell sighed, then smiled as a highly poised teen-ager appeared at the head of the stairs and came down with grand insouciance.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Chamberlin had planned the meeting as a trap to try to shatter Holmes’s imperturbable facade, and was impressed with Holmes’s ability to maintain his insouciance despite the rancor in the room.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The word seems unduly fiery when one remembers the smiling, insouciant manner of his divergences from the conventional type; yet he was inveterately himself, and not some schoolmaster’s or tailor’s or barber’s version of Gray Stoddard; and in this, though Johnnie did not know it, lay the strength of his charm for her.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • By the selection of horses, the magnificence of the chariot, the attitude, and display of person—above all, by the expression of the cold, sharp, eagle features, imperialized in his countrymen by sway of the world through so many generations, Ben-Hur knew Messala unchanged, as haughty, confident, and audacious as ever, the same in ambition, cynicism, and mocking insouciance.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • He stood just as he always had in life, hand on hip, chin up, radiating insouciance, the kangaroo-leather saddle over his arm.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Whatever the cause, her sudden insouciance gave me acute distress.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • In the picture, she is holding a cigarette like she is bored—elbow tucked into her side, head tilted up insouciantly—but her gaze is penetrating, defiant.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The living room in the front of the house was empty and still, but there were uniforms scattered on coffee tables and chairs and slung insouciantly across a baby grand piano.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • ’Of course,’ Colonel Korn answered pleasantly, after he had chased the mighty guard of massive M.P.s out with an insouciant flick of his hand and a slightly contemptuous nod — most relaxed, as always, when he could be most cynical.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The hostess—she was another tall rich American girl, promenading insouciantly upon the national prosperity—was asking Dick innumerable questions about Gausse’s Hôtel, whither she evidently wanted to come, and battering persistently against his reluctance.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • She wore shorts and tank tops to display her pale wiry limbs, and when she ambled down the hall in the morning to get her laxatives, she swung her ass in insouciant half-circles.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • The ladies of Watteau, gay and insouciant, seemed to wander with their cavaliers among the great trees, whispering to one another careless, charming things, and yet somehow oppressed by a nameless fear.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
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